Barcelona vs. Eibar, 2017 La Liga: Final Score 6-1, Barça stay perfect with big home win

Job done at home, another three points!

Barcelona continued their perfect start to the La Liga season with a dominant 6-1 win at Camp Nou against Eibar. The Blaugrana did their job well and avoided any trouble, with Lionel Messi and Nélson Semedo once again the standout performers on the night. Barça have now won five straight league matches to begin the campaign, which could have a huge impact on the title race later.

FIRST HALF

Eibar had a chance just three minutes in when Sergi Enrich was put through on goal but shot straight at Marc-André ter Stegen, and that was about the only thing the visitors did to endanger the Blaugrana. Eibar tried to press high up the pitch to force mistakes close to Ter Stegen’s goal, but the Blaugrana were very good with their buildup to get out of the press.

For the rest of the half, Barça were in complete control of possession and territory, but they weren’t ruthless enough to create a great number of chances, though Gerard Deulofeu and Nélson Semedo were tormenting Eibar on the right side and giving Lionel Messi a few chances to test the Eibar goalkeeper.

Soon enough, the Catalan giants got their goals through that side of the pitch. First, Semedo won a penalty inside the box thanks to his insane pace, and Messi calmly scored the spot kick. A few minutes later, another very good combination between Semedo, Deulofeu and Messi won Barça a corner, and Paulinho scored his second goal in two games with a bullet header.

At halftime, Barça had a comfortable lead and looked set for another easy win. They just needed to finish the job in the second half.

SECOND HALF

Barça came out of the interval looking to attack, get a third goal early and not give Eibar any hopes, and the plan worked. A dummy from Paulinho set Messi free on the counter, and after Leo’s shot was saved by Dmitrovic the ball fell to Denis Suarez, who calmly finished past the goalie and made it 3-0 to the Blaugrana.

With the win wrapped up and 35 minutes still to play in the second half, Barça naturally dropped their intensity and Eibar took advantage, with Sergi Enrich scoring a very nice goal to keep the game interesting. It didn’t take long for Barça to make sure the game would not be interesting, though, with Messi scoring the second of the game just two minutes after Enrich’s goal.

Messi was hungry for goals and completed his hat-trick after an assist from Paulinho before adding a fourth thanks to an assist from substitute Aleix Vidal. It’s now five wins in a row for the La Liga leaders and Barça look really, really, really good.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Mascherano, Digne; Paulinho, Busquets (Rakitic), Iniesta (Roberto); Deulofeu (Vidal), Messi, Denis

Goals: Messi (20’, 59’, 62’, 87’), Paulinho (38’), Denis (53’)

Eibar: Dmitrovic; Arbilla, Oliveira, Gálvez, Juncà; Escalante, Dani García (Rivera), Jordán; Capa (Peña), Enrich (Charles), Inui

Goal: Sergi Enrich (57’)

Barcelona vs. Eibar 2017 live stream: Lineups, Kickoff time, TV listings and how to watch La Liga online

Barça will be looking to stay perfect in La Liga and Lionel Messi is playing, so you should watch it

Following a great comeback win at Getafe with the bad news of Ousmane Dembélé’s injury over the weekend, Barcelona are right back in action with a match against Eibar at Camp Nou today.

The Blaugrana have won all six league meetings with Eibar and scored 20 goals in those matches since the Basque club won promotion to La Liga, and Barça will once again be favorites to get the win.

Even though their performance on Saturday wasn’t great, the Catalan giants have had a strong start to the season and could get a sixth straight victory in all competitions and continue to survive a period of crisis with great football on the pitch.

Without Dembélé for the next four months, Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez are under bigger pressure to perform and keep the team in a strong position until the young Frenchman returns, but fans can certainly trust Messi and Suárez to get the victory. The two superstars like to face Eibar and combined to score 14 goals against them since 2015, so expect them to improve their record tonight.

So Barça will be looking to stay perfect in the league and it’s another chance to watch Lionel Messi. So yeah, you shouldn’t miss this one.


LINEUPS

Lineups will be posted when announced.


MATCH INFO

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10pm local time, 9pm (UK & Nigeria), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1:30am IST (India, Wednesday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Mix (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)

Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Eibar

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for Tuesday’s match at Camp Nou

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana continue their La Liga campaign with a home match against Eibar at Camp Nou, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players to be in uniform on Tuesday night.

This is the full squad:


Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Claudio Bravo

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Lucas Digne, 22. Aleix Vidal, 25. Thomas Vermaelen

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 20. Sergi Roberto

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 16. Gerard Deulofeu


Valverde makes a lot of changes to the squad that played at Getafe, which suggests a few rotations to the starting lineup as well. In come Thomas Vermaelen, Aleix Vidal and Lucas Digne, out go Samuel Umtiti, André Gomes and Ousmane Dembélé, who’s injured and out until January. André Gomes, Paco Alcácer and Arda Turan are left out per Valverde’s decision.

Predicted starting lineup (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Mascherano, Vermaelen, Digne; Roberto, Busquets, Denis; Vidal, Messi, Deulofeu


The match kicks off on Tuesday at 10pm CET / 9pm (UK & Nigeria) / 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1:30am IST (India, Wednesday), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.

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Barcelona vs. Eibar: Team News, Match Preview

Can the league leaders stay unbeaten in La Liga?

Following a hard-fought comeback victory away to Getafe, Barcelona return to La Liga action with a match at Camp Nou against Eibar on Tuesday night. The Basque Country club have been in the Spain top flight for a while and are very much established as a La Liga team built on hard work and defensive organization.

Barça have very much dominated this fixture since Eibar earned promotion in 2014, winning all six meetings and scoring 20 goals with just 5 conceded. Ernesto Valverde has also enjoyed success against Eibar as Athletic Bilbao manager, with four wins and just one loss in six encounters with the Armeros.

The Blaugrana come into Tuesday’s match as clear favorites and will be hoping to make it five wins out of their first five league matches, which could have a huge impact on the title race later. The performance against Getafe was poor and the team looked tired and uninspired after three tough matches in seven days last week, so Valverde will probably make some rotations this time in hopes of getting fresher bodies and a better showing from the team.


MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING

Date/Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10pm local time, 9pm (UK & Nigeria), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1:30am IST (India, Wednesday),

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia

Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Sky Sports Mix (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Sky GO (UK), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


TEAM NEWS

Valverde rested Nélson Semedo on Saturday, so the Portuguese will surely return to the team against Eibar. Samuel Umtiti has been left out of the squad to get a rest, so Javier Mascherano will come to the defense alongside Gerard Piqué. Jordi Alba has played a lot of minutes this season and after resting one full-back on Saturday, Valverde will probably rest the other against Eibar.

In midfield, we could get a lot of changes, maybe in all three positions. Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta started every game since the international break and could get a day off here, and that opens the door for the three players that had a big impact against Getafe: Sergi Roberto, Paulinho and Denis Suarez were directly involved in the two winning goals, and it might be good idea to see the three together in midfield. With André Gomes out of the squad, Roberto will be the holding midfielder if Busquets is indeed rested, with Paulinho and Denis in front of Sergi to supply the attack.

Up front, Gerard Deulofeu will surely start in place of Ousmane Dembélé with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez completing the front three. Messi and Suárez combined for 14 goals against Eibar over the years and will be looking to improve their record. The problem is Suárez is in horrible form, so maybe the Uruguayan is dropped and Aleix Vidal comes in on the right wing, with Deulofeu on the left and Messi at False Nine.

But Valverde hasn’t rotated at all this season, so maybe he’ll start the same eleven from the Getafe game with the only change being forced (Deulofeu for Dembélé). It’s important to note Valverde didn’t rotate much at Bilbao, and maybe Umtiti is the only one getting a day off after all.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Mascherano, Digne; Paulinho, Roberto, Denis; Deulofeu, Messi, Suárez

Eibar (4-4-2)

Dmitrovic; Capa, Oliveira, Gálvez, José Ángel; Peña, Jordán, Dani García, Inui; Kike, Enrich


PREDICTION

The game against Getafe was a warning that this team is very much a work in progress, but the team is back home and we’ll get a good win against a team we usually play pretty well against: 3-0 Barça.

Getafe vs. Barcelona, 2017 La Liga: Final Score 2-1, Paulinho scores the winner as Barça make improbable comeback

HOW ABOUT THAT, HATERS!!!!!

Barcelona had an awful first half and went down against Getafe, but the La Liga leaders found a way to come back in the second half and won 2-1 thanks to goals from substitutes Denis Suarez and Paulinho, who scored his first goal for the club to get three crucial points in this young season.

FIRST HALF

The first half was very disappointing from the Blaugrana, who were lazy and slow with their passing and couldn’t compete against a Getafe side that showed incredible intensity, closing down every Barça player throughout the first period and playing on the front foot for the entire half. Getafe found a way to take shots at goal every time they recovered the ball, and eventually they got a reward for their fantastic first half.

And what a reward it was: after a cross into the box fell to the edge of the box, Gaku Shibasaki took a first time volley that went into the top left corner like a rocket. Ter Stegen had no chance, and Getafe had a deserved lead. Barça woke up with the goal and began to show a little more urgency with their play, and if it wasn’t for a spectacular save by Vicente Guaita, Lionel Messi would have scored the equalizer with a free kick into the top corner.

At halftime, Getafe thoroughly deserved the lead and Barça had a lot of work to do to get the victory.

SECOND HALF

Ernesto Valverde brought Denis Suarez in place of Andrés Iniesta at halftime in hopes of bringing more pace and skill to the midfield, and Barça began to dominate the match camping themselves inside Getafe’s half and starting to really pressure the hosts.

No real chances were created for a while, but the pressure gave the Blaugrana the equalizer when Sergi Roberto found Denis inside the box and the midfielder scored a great goal with a beautiful shot into the top corner to make it 1-1. Valverde made one final change with Paulinho in place of Ivan Rakitic, and the Brazilian silenced all the haters.

Thanks to a sensational assist from Messi, Paulinho found himself alone in the box, and he place a great shot to the top corner to put Barça in front with just five minutes to go. Getafe made a final push to try and equalize at the end of the game, but Barça were able to hang on to the result and pick up a key victory on the road.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic (Paulinho), Busquets, Iniesta (Denis); Messi; Dembélé (Deulofeu), Suárez

Goals: Denis (62’), Paulinho (84’)

Getafe: Guaita; Suárez, Dakonam, Cala, Antunes; Arambarri (Portillo), Bergara; Fajr, Gaku (Jiménez), Amath (Mora); Molina

Goal: Gaku (39’)

Getafe vs. Barcelona: CONFIRMED Lineups, Live Game Thread

Lineups, television and streaming options, and full coverage of Barcelona vs. Getafe in La Liga. Join the conversation!

MATCH INFO, HOW TO WATCH ON TV/ONLINE

Preview: Getafe vs. Barcelona, La Liga Matchday 4

Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 4:15pm local time, 3:15pm (UK & Nigeria), 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 7:45pm IST (India)

Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain

Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Not Televised (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)


LINEUPS

Barcelona

Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi; Dembélé, Suárez

Bench: Cillessen, Mascherano, Semedo, Paulinho, Gomes, Denis, Deulofeu

Getafe

Starting XI: Guaita; Suárez, Dakonam, Cala, Antunes; Arambarri, Bergara; Fajr, Shibasaki, Ndiaye; Molina

Bench: Martínez, González, Jiménez, Ángel, Portillo, Mora, Molinero


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FC Barcelona News: 16 September 2017; Barça squad named for Getafe clash

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Barcelona vs. Getafe 2017 live stream: Lineups, Kickoff time, TV listings and how to watch La Liga online

Can Barça stay on fire in a really difficult match?

Barcelona are on fire. Four straight wins since the start of the league season, including an amazing Champions League victory over Juventus have the Catalan giants showing their power while in somewhat of a crisis.

The Blaugrana top La Liga and are four points ahead of title rivals Real Madrid, which doesn’t look too important after just three games but could prove to be a huge deal at the end of the season. Barça will be looking to stay unbeaten and perfect in the league with one of the toughest games of the season for them.

Getafe in Madrid awaits Barça, and this is not a game the Catalan giants look forward tom. Getafe away is always a really difficult match for Barça, and this certainly won’t be different regardless of the fact that Getafe have just returned to La Liga.

Lionel Messi is in incredible form, and the Argentine will start and probably captain the side as Andrés Iniesta is likely to be on the bench with Ernesto Valverde looking to rotate his squad, but with Messi up front Barça will be strong enough to win, even in a difficult environment.

Barça need to win, they’re in good form, and it’s a chance to watch Lionel Messi again. So yeah, you really should watch this one.


MATCH INFO

Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 4:15pm local time, 3:15pm (UK & Nigeria), 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 7:45pm IST (India)

Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA

Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Not Televised (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)

Barcelona announce squad for La Liga match against Getafe

Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players for this weekend’s game in Madrid

The next Barcelona match is upon us! The Blaugrana travel to Madrid for a La Liga match against Getafe, and Ernesto Valverde has called up 18 players to be in uniform on Saturday.

This is the full squad:


Goalkeepers: 1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 13. Jasper Cillessen

Defenders: 2. Nélson Semedo, 3. Gerard Piqué, 14. Javier Mascherano, 18. Jordi Alba, 23. Samuel Umtiti

Midfielders: 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 8. Andrés Iniesta, 15. Paulinho Bezerra, 20. Sergi Roberto, 21. André Gomes

Forwards: 9. Luis Suárez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembélé, 16. Gerard Deulofeu


Valverde calls the same 18 players that were in the squad against Juventus, but we should see some changes in the starting lineup with the manager hinting at rotations for the first time this season. The injury situation remains the same with Rafinha Alcântara and Arda Turan still recovering, while Thomas Vermaelen, Lucas Digne, Aleix Vidal and Paco Alcácer miss out per Valverde’s decision.

Predicted starting lineup (4-3-3):

Ter Stegen; Roberto, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho; Dembélé, Messi, Deulofeu


The match kicks off at 4:15pm CET / 3:15pm (UK & Nigeria) / 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 7:45pm IST (India), and you can join us to follow and comment all the action.

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La Liga: FC Barcelona vs. Getafe: Team News, Match Preview

Will Barça get a fourth straight league win at a tough ground?

Following a very exciting performance and victory against Juventus in the Champions League opener, Barcelona return to action in La Liga with a trip to Madrid for a meeting with recently promoted Getafe.

This has been a very tricky game for Barça over the years, with the Blaugrana losing in shocking fashion a few times away to Getafe. Even in the best days of the Pep Guardiola Era, Barça would find a way to lose there. It’s always a tough game regardless of the circumstance, and even tough Barça have won all three of their opening league matches and look very strong at the moment, this is still a match they can somehow lose.

If Barça are able to confirm their status as favorites and get the three points, they’ll put immense pressure on title rivals Real Madrid who have one of their toughest assignments of the season away to Real Sociedad, the only other team in La Liga with a perfect record so far.

Can Barça do their job and win a fourth straight league match?


MATCH INFO, TV/STREAMING

Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 4:15pm local time, 3:15pm (UK & Nigeria), 10:15am ET, 7:15am PT (USA), 7:45pm IST (India)

Venue: Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, Getafe, Spain

Television: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), Not Televised (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), SONY TEN 2 (India)

Online streaming: beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), FuboTV (7-day free trial, click here to sign up)

(Listings via LiveSoccerTV)


TEAM NEWS

While Ernesto Valverde has named the same 18-man squad that were in uniform against Juventus, he’s hinted at rotations in his pre-match press conference. We haven’t seen Valverde rotate yet this season, so it’ll be interesting to see how many changes he’ll actually make. Luis Enrique would change more than half of the team at times, but Valverde has shown multiple times already that he doesn’t coach the same way as Luis Enrique.

Though we shouldn’t get that many changes, there should be at least one alteration in all areas of the team: in defense, Javier Mascherano will surely come on for one of the center-backs, and given Samuel Umtiti is younger and more durable, it’s probably Piqué who gets a rest and stays on the bench. Nélson Semedo is the only right-back in the squad for Saturday, and although Sergi Roberto could start there, Semedo is still fresh and likely to start again with Jordi Alba in the other full-back position.

The biggest change should be in midfield, with all three of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta subject to alteration. Busquets seems to be the fitter of the trio and is the most important piece of midfield, so he’ll probably stay. Sergi Roberto will most definitely start in place of Iniesta who has played four matches in a row, and if Rakitic is rested Paulinho and André Gomes will be fighting for Ivan’s place. Paulinho seems to be ahead of Gomes in Valverde’s pecking order, and facing a physical team like Getafe should be a nice opportunity to test Paulinho from the start.

Up front, Luis Suárez is likely to get a rest as the Uruguayan played both matches for Uruguay and started the following two games for Barça. If Suárez is on the bench, Gerard Deulofeu and Denis Suárez are the direct replacements. Regardless of who’s picked by Valverde, the player will be on the left wing, with Ousmane Dembélé on the right and Lionel Messi as the False Nine. Leo has played in the middle since the start of the season and has played incredibly well, so there’s no reason Valverde will change the position of his best player in this game.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Mascherano, Umtiti, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, Paulinho; Dembélé, Messi, Deulofeu

Getafe (4-2-3-1)

Guaita; Suárez, Dakonam, Cala, Antunes; Bergara, Arambarri; Fajr, Shibasaki, Ndiaye; Molina


PREDICTION

It’ll be a tough match as it always is at Getafe, but Barça are just too good right now, even with rotations: 3-1 to the visitors.